Rolling Afro-Latin Music 2017: Salsa, Bomba, Merengue,Reggaeton, Bachata, Latin Jazz, Bolero and more

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Another year

curmudgeon, Sunday, 1 January 2017 17:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

Added bolero into title, but not Cubaton (decided the latter is covered by reggaeton).

curmudgeon, Sunday, 1 January 2017 17:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

Thanks

The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 January 2017 17:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

I hope something worth talking about happens this year, other than the deaths of musical giants.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 1 January 2017 18:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

From timberamayor's new timba thread over on salsaforums. This is from last year, but given the speed at which the subject of this thread moves, I think that's okay. Some nice things going on, on this:

https://www.facebook.com/170477913015585/videos/1303029873093711/

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 1 January 2017 18:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

The vocals are the most appealing part for me.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 1 January 2017 18:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

Interesting Bandcamp article on Puerto Rican punk-salsa group Orquesta El Macabeo...

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Wednesday, 4 January 2017 18:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

Just realized it's been over five years since the last Michael Stuart album. How about an album of him singing some new salsa dura and not more tribute to this tribute to that?

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 6 January 2017 15:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

http://www.latinomusiccafe.com/2014/07/27/michael-stuart-rocks-with-return-to-salsa-single/

Yep. Saw this 2014 one-off song from him. He did some live gigs in 2016, but no album.

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 January 2017 18:11 (eight months ago) Permalink

I completely missed that song. Will need to listen a few times. On first listen, it seems more serviceable than truly noteworthy.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 6 January 2017 18:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

N#d S*blette has been raving about this group who have been visiting NYC this weekend. They're at the SOBs club in NYC tonight and the below is from the club's site

SEPTETO SANTIAGUERO

As diplomatic tensions thaw, the dance floor heats up with the U.S. debut of one of Cuba’s most essential bands. Winner of the 2015 Latin Grammy for Best Traditional Tropical Album, Septeto Santiaguero honed its sound at Santiago de Cuba’s famous nightclub Casa de la Trova. Balancing reverence for tradition with an adventurous streak that has sparked collaborations with salsa stars like José Alberto “El Canario” and Rubén Blades, the band knows how to keep crowds moving wherever they go.

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 January 2017 20:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

Pareles in NY Times :

Septeto Santiaguero, which was formed in 1995 to revive 1940s- and 1950s-style Cuban pop with a slight twist: adding a conga drummer to make it an eight-man septet. Driven by conga and bongos, topped with acoustic guitar and solos plucked on the tres, with trumpet cheekily answering the singers, it was sly, romantic, definitively Cuban and not just for local delight.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 January 2017 20:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

they were... fine? don't get the hubbub.

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Friday, 13 January 2017 18:36 (eight months ago) Permalink

Cubanophiles will be that way.

Balancing reverence for tradition with an adventurous streak that has sparked collaborations with salsa stars like José Alberto “El Canario” and Rubén Blades

Are they supposed to represent "the new?" Pretty cutting edge. (Not that there is much of a cutting edge at this point.)

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 13 January 2017 18:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

^ That reminds me of a friend interviewing Marcos Valle and asking if he would be playing mostly old stuff and he said "no, I've got some more recent stuff too" and as an example mentioned a single of his from the 80's.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 16 January 2017 10:41 (eight months ago) Permalink

Residente from Calle 13 has a NSFW video for his new solo song "Somos Anormales". Its ok

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 05:26 (eight months ago) Permalink

“I think he should have more salsa at his events.”

Colón unfamiliar with the taco bowl tweet apparently.

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

Ugh; Willie Colón comes out pro-Trump.

Some refreshingly sensible comments from him there, though I wouldn't criticize performers who want to boycott the inauguration. Considering who Trump was running against, I am relieved he won. He's not the only lifetime Democrat to vote for Trump.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

But then again, I don't believe in open borders either.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

Considering who Trump was running against, I am relieved he won.

OK, bye now. I have no interest in continuing this conversation.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 19 January 2017 02:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

I don't agree with Rudiph either. Trump's Supreme Court nominees will not be helpful

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 January 2017 17:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

Just watched some video of afro-Venezuelan singing and percussion ensemble Betsayda Machado y la Parranda el Clavo at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Good stuff

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 January 2017 17:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/arts/music/residente-calle-13-solo-album-interview.html?_r=0

Residente traced his genealogy and traveled to those various parts of the world linked to his heritage to record his new solo effort. Plus he discovered he's 3rd cousins of the Hamilton director Miranda. I haven't heard the new album yet.

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 January 2017 16:26 (eight months ago) Permalink

I forget whether I have heard Don Omar song that's #1 on a Billboard chart

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 18:25 (seven months ago) Permalink

I was the only vote for Ile: Canibal in the Voice critics poll song/track list

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 21:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

This year is the 20th anniversary of Silencio = Muerte: Red Hot + Latin. Remember when "rock en español" was a thing?

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 27 January 2017 18:09 (seven months ago) Permalink

Less crossover interest but things like the LAMC still happen

Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) ... JULY 11th - 15th, 2017 NEW YORK CITY REGISTRATION COMING SOON

plus this:

http://www.npr.org/sections/altlatino/2017/01/11/509141239/the-alt-latino-spring-2017-new-music-preview

Café Tacuba and others

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 January 2017 19:05 (seven months ago) Permalink

Oh, I know it still exists - the new Chicano Batman album is great. I mostly meant "a thing" as in "a thing you could get English-language editors to give a shit about."

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 27 January 2017 19:11 (seven months ago) Permalink

Sadly, too many editors (and music critics) seem to be only interested in English language indie, plus pop and rap

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 January 2017 20:26 (seven months ago) Permalink

Cuban acts remain trendy for some fests and concert halls. This is from the just announced New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest where Meghan Trainor and other big pop names will headline while on a smaller stage:

CUBA COMES TO JAZZ FEST:

Los Van Van ; Chucho Valdes Quintet ; Gente de Zona; Pedrito Martinez and the Rumba
; Telmary y Habana Sana of Cuba; Adonis y Osain del Monte of Cuba; Septeto Santiaguero of Cuba ; Changüí Guantánamo of Cuba; Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro of Cuba; Daymé Arocena of Cuba ; Conga Los Hoyos of Cuba; Grupo Caury of Cuba ;

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 January 2017 20:40 (seven months ago) Permalink

I just turned in a Q&A with a Cuban metal band to Bandcamp. I included their answers in the original Spanish, alongside the translations, in case anyone reading was interested.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 27 January 2017 20:46 (seven months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Winner

Donde Están? by Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo

Best Tropical Latin Grammy winner at last night's award show

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 February 2017 14:33 (seven months ago) Permalink

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: Ilevitable.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 13 February 2017 16:11 (seven months ago) Permalink

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/latin/7686370/jose-lugo-surprise-latin-winner-grammys

the award went posthumously to Lugo and his Guasábara Combo for Dónde Están?, his last album before he succumbed to cancer in June 2016.

Lugo, a pianist, producer and bandleader, was no stranger to the Grammys; in 2006, Gilberto Santa Rosa’s Directo al corazón, produced by Lugo, won Best salsa album. And Lugo himself was nominated for his album Guasábara in 2010.

But death is powerful when it comes to awards. Already respected as a musician, Lugo was suddenly front and center after battling cancer, and losing, at only 56 years old.

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 February 2017 17:26 (seven months ago) Permalink

from that Billboard article: Fonseca, fresh from winning a Latin Grammy (for Best tropical song), seemed a shoe-in with his adventuresome Conexión.

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 February 2017 17:28 (seven months ago) Permalink

Still haven't listened to those 2 but intend to

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 February 2017 04:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

Eh the Fonseca album's pop sheen is too gloppy

curmudgeon, Saturday, 18 February 2017 04:04 (seven months ago) Permalink

Finally listened to the Grammy winning late Lugo and his Guasábara Combo-- Dónde Están?.

Nice solid salsa and a cut near the end that has a Brazilian carnival drums feel to it.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:26 (seven months ago) Permalink

Ben Ratliff, former NY Times critic and others liked his late 2008 “Guasábara” (Norte) album that has a mini-orchestra on it with 9 horn players and 5 percussionists plus guest vocalists.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:35 (seven months ago) Permalink

A current freelancer for NY Times on Latin jazz folks like Pedrito Martínez, Alfredo Rodríguez and Arturo O’Farrill and David Virelles and bassist Luques Curtis. Martinez is a great rumba percussionist and more.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/10/arts/music/grammys-latin-jazz.html?_r=0

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:53 (seven months ago) Permalink

gio's good people and a solid writer

removed from the rain drops and drop tops of experience (ulysses), Tuesday, 21 February 2017 18:35 (seven months ago) Permalink

He used to be down here in the DC area and yes, good people. As for what he's writing about--As I have previously noted here--too much Latin jazz seems formulaic to me in a manner that does not wow me, but I will give a shot to listening to some of the folks he mentioned that I have not previously heard.

Salsa can also be criticized as formulaic, but I like that Pedro Lugo farewell release more than most Latin jazz.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:14 (seven months ago) Permalink

Jose Lugo I mean.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:19 (seven months ago) Permalink

Listened to a bit of Jose Lugo and his orchestra on the 2008 Guasábara album. Good stuff. He's not quite hard enough salsa I am guessing for some, but his arrangements aren't wimpy either.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:11 (seven months ago) Permalink

Listening now to last year's album. They sound like they'd rather be playing bad Latin jazz. The rhythm is solid though.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:51 (seven months ago) Permalink

Lugo was an arranger and band leader at times for singers like Santa Rosa and Manuelle that you have rarely praised, so I don't expect you to be impressed

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:57 (seven months ago) Permalink

Lugo did lose in the Latin musicians only Grammys held earlier:

Best Salsa Album
Grupo Niche, 35 Aniversario
WINNER: India, Intensamente India Con Canciones De Juan Gabriel
José Lugo & Guasábara Combo, ¿Dónde Están?
Bobby Valentín, Mi Ritmo Es Bueno
Johnny Ventura, Tronco Viejo

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:19 (seven months ago) Permalink

He also used to play with another nominee there-- Bobby Valentin

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 February 2017 18:32 (seven months ago) Permalink

I think Romeo Santos has a fantastic voice, I just wish he'd drop some of the schtick.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 30 June 2017 02:25 (two months ago) Permalink

I think he's doing alright without my career advice though.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 30 June 2017 02:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Louie Ramirez y Sus Tesos, just a typical late 70s salsa album with instrumental covers of two songs from Abbey Road, and featuring three different major vocalists.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 30 June 2017 02:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Did he borrow those Tesos from Fruko or is that Fruko's real name?

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 30 June 2017 02:52 (two months ago) Permalink

Haha, I borrowed them from Fruko! They are really his Amigos. Oops.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 30 June 2017 02:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, this version of Something is still a problem for me. It doesn't really fall into the so bad it's good category either (maybe because parts of it are good?).

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 30 June 2017 02:56 (two months ago) Permalink

The name of the album, to be clear is LOUIE RAMIREZ Y SUS AMIGOS. I fucked up.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 30 June 2017 02:58 (two months ago) Permalink

I think the cover of Because is more tolerable. Is it done as a danzon?

Louie Ramirez y Sus Blechs (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 30 June 2017 03:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Lol

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 30 June 2017 03:04 (two months ago) Permalink

Anyhow, I still think the Azuquita songs on the album are the best of the bunch. He really shines on these songs.

Louie Ramirez y Sus Blechs (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 30 June 2017 03:09 (two months ago) Permalink

(I haven't actually listened to this album straight through in a matter of years, despite owning a copy.)

Louie Ramirez y Sus Blechs (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 30 June 2017 03:10 (two months ago) Permalink

Roberto Roena's La Octava Maravilla is fantastic, and I have a flawed, incomplete mp3 copy. That was reissued last year, digitally, as well.

Louie Ramirez y Sus Blechs (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 30 June 2017 04:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Sure would be nice to have original release dates on these Fania reissues in Spotify.

Louie Ramirez y Sus Blechs (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 30 June 2017 18:17 (two months ago) Permalink

the swirls and synths in the arrangement are an unexpected but lovely touch.

Listening again. They are a nice touch. I think what's surprising is how strong the sounds are, rather than the sort of watercolor synth washes one might expect.

Louie Ramirez y Sus Blechs (_Rudipherous_), Saturday, 1 July 2017 14:53 (two months ago) Permalink

Also, love the guitar right at 2:58. More of that. Less of "the kiiing."

Louie Ramirez y Sus Blechs (_Rudipherous_), Saturday, 1 July 2017 14:59 (two months ago) Permalink

Can't stop listening to it right now, despite the bits I don't like.

Louie Ramirez y Sus Blechs (_Rudipherous_), Saturday, 1 July 2017 15:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Funny, I don't remember posting that

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 1 July 2017 15:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh, wait

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 1 July 2017 15:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Sorry. Maybe adding an "o" will help.

I suppose you don't have much time for Romeo Santos? I have managed to mostly avoid bachata for a couple years, so new Romeo Santos (the best of the pop bachata world) is more welcome to me than it might have been a little while ago.

Louie Ramirez y Sus Blechos (_Rudipherous_), Saturday, 1 July 2017 16:35 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I am curious about young Peruvian salsa singer Cesar Vega. No reggaeton and bachata for him, I don't think

curmudgeon, Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:04 (two months ago) Permalink

Bought PJ Harvey tix for tonight, so will miss the late announced Septeto Santiaguero from Cuba gig in DC tonight. I liked the 2 YouTube videos I saw. Nothing groundbreaking, but enjoyable

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 July 2017 16:35 (two months ago) Permalink

Friends who saw the Septeto Santiaguero gig were impressed.

curmudgeon, Monday, 24 July 2017 14:12 (one month ago) Permalink

Romeo Santos new album is out now.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 18:26 (one month ago) Permalink

So young (he's like 22 or 23) Peruvian salsa singer Cesar Vega does covers on his recent debut album. He's a big Hector Lavoe fan. Vega's dad was a singer and introduced his kid to Lavoe's singing when Cesar Vega was 9. Album is on Spotify. Media coverage of him is largely all in Spanish.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:06 (one month ago) Permalink

The Cubans are coming...

Fri. 8-4 Daymé Arocena at AMP (Cuban vocalist) in Rockville, a Washington DC suburb

Sat. 8-5- “Qban Fest” with Cuban band Pupy y los Que Son Son with Special Guests Mayito Rivera, Tania Pantoja, Pedrito Calvo and Pepito Gomez with a special performance by DC Casineros at Bethesda Blues and Jazz, another DC suburb

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:09 (one month ago) Permalink

Missed both of those gigs. I heard the Arocena one was good. I liked Pupy y los Que Son Son the time I did see them. Pupy might have even been with Los Van Van when I saw them a long while back. Twenty-something Peruvian salsa singer Vega is coming my way also.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 15:39 (one month ago) Permalink

There is an extremely common horn lick loop that I just heard again and always wonder where it originated. First place I heard it was Benny Moré's "Que Bueno Baila Usted," so I always think it must be from there but not sure. Maybe I even brought this up before.

Barkis Garvey (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 12 August 2017 02:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Don't know

curmudgeon, Saturday, 12 August 2017 16:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Haven't heard.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 12 August 2017 19:22 (one month ago) Permalink

Thanks anyway for responding. Here, at 0:42
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1VE56pc3Rk

Lucas With The Lydian F (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 12 August 2017 19:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Also, saw great Latin Jazz at Terraza last night.

Lucas With The Lydian F (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 12 August 2017 19:46 (one month ago) Permalink

I toyed with going to see young Peruvian salsa singer Cesar Vega Friday night, but I figured gig wouldn't start till 1 am and decided not to go.

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 August 2017 04:13 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

http://africasacountry.com/2017/08/despacito-will-not-save-us/

This article tilts at windmills a bit--

So, “Despacito” will not save us. But wait! Isn’t it great that amidst the racism and xenophobia of the Trump era, people all over the world (including more than a few Trump voters) are shaking their butts to Despacito? Fonsi told NPR that:

The timing is quite perfect, you know, in this environment we live in… I don’t want to turn this song into a political environment, because it’s not. It’s a great song to make us feel good. But in the times that we live, where some people want to divide and want to build walls — we’re going through a lot of change, so it’s quite lovely that a Spanish song is No. 1 right now.

Except there’s this little thing called history, and it tends to repeat itself. The Mambo craze of the 1950s that sent many Cuban songs to the top of the charts did not end racism and poverty so why should we expect the current moment to be any different? Neither did the Latin explosion of 1999. Despacito, and the imitators that it will inspire, will do nothing to improve the cultural, political or economic status of Afro-Latinos. As Jezebel Culture Editor, Julianne Escobedo warns, “Don’t let Bieber play you!”

What is the point of decrying the many ways the music industry exploits Afro-Latinos when nothing can be done (and we haven’t even touched on the obvious problems of sexism in reggaetón and the music industry)? Capitalism is so entrenched, you may as well be tilting at windmills. Except, there is a growing movement to build a new, more democratic economy that empowers producers, including cultural producers, to control their production. Groups like Sol Collective in Sacramento and Rhythm Conspiracy in New Orleans are experimenting with cooperatives and other forms that allow artists to cut the middlemen, the gatekeeper publicists and the record labels.

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 August 2017 18:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Another take re "Despacito"--

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/whats-next-for-latin-music-after-the-summer-of-despacito/2017/08/24/703ba7de-8816-11e7-961d-2f373b3977ee_story.html?utm_term=.797a9cedc6f6

The success of “Despacito” and “Mi Gente” also has to be coupled with other mainstream media appearances and opportunities for visibility, explains Jack Rico, the host of the Latin pop culture podcast Highly Relevant. He points out that “Despacito,” with all its record-breaking accolades, was left out of this year’s Video Music Awards nominations. Rico says mass-media moments like these are critical blows to Latin representation....The current iteration of this Latin boom has also been very specific when it comes to those who benefit. Male artists who make music in the reggaeton-pop vein have a path to success, but that’s not necessarily the case for those who don’t fit the “Despacito” model. Spanish-speaking female artists are missing from the crossover conversation, which also doesn’t include lesser-known genres in the Latin music world.

Isabelia Herrera, the music editor of the culture website Remezcla, notes that the idea of “Latin music” itself is problematic, a broad umbrella term that encompasses dozens of countries and genres. All eyes on reggaeton-pop may not actually help genres that don’t sound like what’s trending right now.

“I think this pop moment that reggaeton is having is probably going to continue and be very successful. If you look at the Latin charts, it performs the best,” Herrera said. “But if we talk about regional Mexican, or salsa, I’m very hesitant. I don’t really know what’s going to happen with things that don’t fit into the construction of what outsiders think Latin music is.”

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 13:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yep.

Meanwhile Fania, I see in another Billboard article, is trying to promote their brand to a new audience via dj remixes:

“At Fania, we see working with DJs and creating remixes of the original classic as a huge opportunity to target a new audience and thus begin a lifelong connection with the Fania brand,” Skolnick said. “It’s working incredibly well. We’ve increased our social media engagement with 18-34 year olds by more than 150% in the last two years.”

Recently completing a tour in Europe, Marquez will perform at a record release party at Kinfolk as part of the Armada Fania DJ pop series in Brooklyn on Sept. 7, before going on an extensive tour throughout the U.S.

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/latin/7941984/fanias-santiago-sessions-how-a-globetrotting-djs-childhood-led-to-him

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 17:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Spanish-speaking female artists are missing from the crossover conversation, which also doesn’t include lesser-known genres in the Latin music world.

Oh no! Lesser no genres in Latin music continue to be obscure. It's all the fault of those outsiders constructing what "Latin music" is. Everyone knows that all Latinos (another problematic construction, admittedly) listen to all of Latin music in its entirety.

A lot of music writing (like a lot of other writing) seems driven by the need to say something, even if there's nothing that needs to be said.

The hand-wringing looks pretty funny to me at this point.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 31 August 2017 16:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Everyone knows that all Latinos (another problematic construction, admittedly) listen to all of Latin music in its entirety.

That's why I used to hear Puerto Ricans blasting all that banda when I was living at 16th & Green in Philadelphia in the 90s.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 31 August 2017 16:54 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The Despacito video breaks new ground, drawing attention to previously completely ignored Latina curviness.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 31 August 2017 17:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

But uncelebrated Latina asses remain uncelebrated. What is to be done?

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 31 August 2017 17:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Somewhere there is a reasonably good looking young Ecuadoran woman with not much of a booty at all. When will a major label put her in a video?

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 31 August 2017 17:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Meanwhile I see that El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico are doing a 55th anniversary tour that will bring them to the Palace, in Woodbridge , VA half an hour or so south of Washington DC Friday night. Only Spanish language bands play there. I think I saw the 50th anniversary tour.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 August 2017 17:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I have basically zero sympathy for people demanding mainstream recognition of Spanish-language music in the U.S. That actor may have some points. I can't really comment on film and TV since I'm so oblivious to them. But Despacito is a pop reggaeton mediocrity, I don't care how many youtube views it has received, or how many times it has been streamed. (I would of course care if I were in the music industry.)

Me [while Africando's "Yay Boy" is playing in club]: This is a good song.
Puerto Rican salsera: Do you understand the words?
Me: No.
Puerto Rican salsera: How do you know it's a good song.

A lot of people think that way, not just white non-Hispanics.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 31 August 2017 19:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink

True re how many people react to non-English songs. However while I recognize that statistically the likelihood of reggaeton or more obscure Latinx sounds becoming a regular part of the mainstream US pop culture may be small, I understand the desire for that culture to be represented.

So "Despacito" was played at a wedding that I was at over Labor Day weekend, and even two (likely Trump supporting )conservatives there that I know, danced.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 15:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Kind of like this, but the melodies seem very familiar and I suspect it's a cover:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cghPur_wWz0

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 15 September 2017 20:32 (one week ago) Permalink

New Plena Libre album.

I'm just looking through the very esoteric Spotify New Music Friday Latin playlist.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 15 September 2017 20:43 (one week ago) Permalink

the melodies seem very familiar and I suspect it's a cover

Yeah - it's right there in the video description: "un remake del clásico de Jorge González"

Here's the original:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZTp-jWf_GM

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 15 September 2017 23:24 (one week ago) Permalink

OK. I originally heard it on Spotify.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 16 September 2017 05:02 (one week ago) Permalink

Thanks for heads up on new Plena Libre. Like them

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 September 2017 14:00 (five days ago) Permalink


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